The final round of this year’s exciting U.S. Open, packed with many different swing mechanics from the world’s best professionals, inspires one to head to the practice tee to copy Rahm or Rory or Morikawa or even Bryson. So, naturally, we tend to want to duplicate the best players in the sport. However, before you do that, let me suggest the following.

Of the many great golf teachers who ever lived, one of my favorites is Manuel de la Torre. I like him because he keeps the golf swing simple. Rather than squeezing students into bottled, mechanical methods, he emphasizes swinging the golf club with control, balance, and timing. Granted, this is easier to say than it is to do, but if you want to improve your golf swing, the next time you journey to the driving range, try swinging the clubhead with a smooth tempo and good balance. Oh, and if you need a watchful eye, I am always available.

As we enter another month of summer, there are many opportunities to play golf, improve your game, meet other people, and enjoy good food; let me highlight three.

In February, several Magnolia Point couples came together for a 9-hole Valentine’s Day scramble, followed by drinks and appetizers. The couples had such a great time that we decided to hold a scramble for couples on the last Sunday of each month. Open to beginner and seasoned golfers, it is a great way to meet new people and socialize around a fun golf event with delicious food afterward. Sign up the next time you visit the golf shop or call us to do it for you (904-269-9276, ext 1).

Then, many men have asked for details about our new Men’s Golf Association (MGA). In short, joining the MGA entitles members to participate in monthly tournaments, cash prizes, and a year-end banquet. Tournaments will be held on Saturday mornings, with tee times beginning at 9:00 a.m. Everyone who joins the MGA receives a Magnolia Point golf cap or visor and a Magnolia Point bag tag or one sleeve of golf balls. All resident or non-resident men can join the MGA for $35. For more information about scheduled tournaments or to sign up, please contact the golf shop.

Last, on May 13th, we began our first of three summer clinics for ladies. Each five-week clinic includes instruction on the golf swing and short game basics and a four-hole scramble with Joe and Dave. Every lesson begins at 6:30, lasts one hour, and is topped off with wine and cheese in the Pub. If you did not get a chance to participate in our first clinic, please contact the golf shop to sign up for one or both of the remaining two clinics.

Here’s to a great month of golf!